How to Turn the Scroll on for a Laptop

By Jonra Springs

The scroll function on a laptop computer allows you to use the touch pad for vertical scrolling in the same way a mouse wheel works with the cursor on the screen. The touch pad on a laptop can scroll horizontally as well. Turning on this function in Windows XP is similar to activating it for most Windows-based systems used on laptops, but adjustments will vary depending on the specific operating system.

Step 1

Click the "Start" button in the left bottom corner. Click "Control Panel."

Step 2

Click "Printers and other hardware" from the listed categories on the control panel page.

Step 3

Click the "Mouse" icon from the list of selections on the printers and other hardware page.

Step 4

Click the "Advanced" tab on the mouse properties box. Click "Advanced feature settings."

Step 5

Click the "Touch Pad" tab on the advanced feature settings box. Click a check mark into the box next to "Use Scroll function" under Touch Pad settings. Click "Apply" at the lower right of the box, then click "OK."